Teacher Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities 

The Forest Preserve District offers a variety of professional development opportunities and research-based instructional practices for teachers in natural sciences and cultural history. Teachers participate in hands-on learning experiences and receive resources for their classrooms or discovery at forest preserves on their own.  

We also offer teacher professional development opportunities by request. If your school or district would like to request a teacher professional development opportunity, a minimum of 10 teachers is required.

Our opportunities are also open to home-school and nontraditional teachers. 

View our upcoming professional-development events and our by-request professional development opportunities from the list below.

If you would like to request a professional development opportunity, please call our reservation specialist at 630-850-8114.


Upcoming Professional Development Events

County-wide Teacher Institute Day ● March 4, 2022

County-wide Teacher Institute Day

More information coming soon!

Amazing "Teacher Institute Day!" I have been teaching 20 years at multiple levels, so I have been to many institute days. This one wins as the best ever. Why? Knowledge of staff, their kindness and accommodations, pacing and variety of activities, and ease of communication and access for information before and after the program day.


Teacher Institute Day 2019

It was great to add more knowledge to my “teacher tool box.” I gained personal knowledge and classroom ideas to use with my sixth graders. This was the best Institute day I’ve had in the 11 years I’ve been a teacher. Thank you, and I really do plan to reach out to your experts in the near future.


Teacher Institute Day 2019

The instructors took the time to explain the content to us in a thorough way and show us how it could be applicable to our students and community. I was surprised to see all of the program offerings available to schools.


Teacher Institute Day 2019

Loved the event. Nice day and I learned a significant amount about the research being done to preserve aquatic wildlife in Illinois and ways to engage students in science. They did a wonderful job speaking to how this can be incorporated in the class.

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ENTICE Workshop 2021